The Morning Read: Friday, July 18, 2008

The Wall Street Journal wishes Barack Obama could "at least get his facts straight" on Iraq.

Obama will meet with Angela Merkel when he goes to Germany.

The New York Times describes Obama’s foreign policy team as "a huge 300-person foreign policy campaign bureaucracy."

The Sun is saying that taxes on New Yorkers would skyrocket under Obama.

Chuck Schumer is relatively pro-nuclear power.

State Senate Democrats’ financial situation is “less lopsided than it has been in recent memory."

David Soares doesn’t think the head of the Public Integrity Commission should be investigating Troopergate.

Sam Roberts doesn’t think Michael Bloomberg’s lifestyle will change much now, even though his net worth nearly doubled this week.

Bloomberg’s welcome back party for Hillary Clinton will not be a fund-raiser.

Bloomberg supports David Paterson’s effort to levy New York taxes on residents’ online purchases.

“The bad old days are back,” the Daily News editorial page says, referring to Paterson’s numerous donations from people with business before the state.

Despite the fact that Merrill Lynch is not moving to the World Trade Center area, Bloomberg still thinks Ground Zero is a good spot for a skyscraper.

Charlie Rangel asks for an investigation into the way he’s raised money for a nonprofit.

Anthony Weiner got campaign money from the modeling industry.

A candidate who wanted to run on the Independence Party line paid the wives of two key party members as campaign consultants.

Bill Thompson has an audit critical of the conditions at several senior centers.

Michael Mulgrew may succeed Randi Weingarten.

The New York Sun’s editorial page responds to David Paterson’s speech at the NAACP.

Rick Karlin explains the sudden departure of a state homeland security employee.

Barbara Donno has issues with the Independence Party.

And the New Jersey mayor who trashed Staten Island will pay the borough a visit. The Morning Read: Friday, July 18, 2008